January 19, 2017 – Thursday in the 2nd Week of the Church Year

Saint for the day: Fabian (c. 200 – January 20, 250)

Scripture Readings for today’s Liturgy:

Hebrews 7:25 – 8:6    –    Psalm 40    –    Mark 3:7-12    –

“Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death and brought life to light through the Gospel.” (Today’s ‘Alleluia Verse’ before the Holy Gospel.)

 It’s another cold morning here in San Francisco and it looks like we’ll be having more rain. Of course, I’m toasty warm here in my room with all the ordinary “perks” of heater and electricity to power my computer. There must be a lesson here for me to learn. One of my favorite psalms – 27 – begins with, “One think I ask of the Lord, one thing I seek: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to enjoy the sweetness of the Lord and to consult him in his Temple.”

When ‘Martha, Martha’ cried out to Jesus He said, “Mary has chosen the better part (sitting at his feet and listening) and it shall not be taken from her. (Luke 10:41-42)

In today’s Holy Gospel the crowds are so large – people wanting to “hear” Jesus – that He got into a boat to keep them from crushing him. I have to ask myself, “What is most important to me? How many people throughout the world don’t have anywhere near the luxuries that I take for granted? And here I am “crying” ‘cause I had to put a sweatshirt on to keep warm.   “Only one thing is necessary…” and I’m reminded, once again, to not take for granted some of the luxuries that are readily at my disposal. How many of us need to be reminded of this same fact? Something to think about especially when one or another of those “perks” is taken away. Amen!

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